Sir Paul McCartney’s bass guitar has sold at auction for a record $496,100.
The 79-year-old musician used the Yamaha BB-1200 in the studio and on tour with Wings, and when it sold out over the weekend, the instrument broke the record-highest selling price for a bass guitar. , which was fixed last year, when a 1969 Fender Mustang owned by former Rolling Stones rocker Bill Wyman sold for $384,000.
And that wasn’t the only record broken at the auction, organized by U2’s The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin for their Music Rising charity.
A Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster destroyed by Eddie Vedder during a concert sold for $266,200, making it the most expensive broken guitar ever sold at auction.
Instruments like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Johnny Marr, Green Day, Sir Elton John, Joan Jett, Kings of Leon, Rush and Radiohead were also part of the auction.
The sale succeeded in raising more than $2 million for the charity, which aims to “benefit musicians in the southern Gulf”, following “the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked on musicians and musical communities”.
The Edge then said: “We would like to thank everyone involved in this incredible auction, including the artists who generously donated their personal instruments and the bidders around the world who helped us break world records.
“Proceeds from Music Rising will help bring live music back to life in a part of the country whose music culture has been hugely influential around the world.
“We are indebted to all of the Music Rising supporters who have given us a great opportunity to get back to our roots and help musicians in need.”
Bob added: “We are so grateful to all the artists, supporters and bidders who have helped make Guitar Icons a history book auction. New Orleans musicians are the keepers of a unique musical heritage, passing it down from generation to generation and influencing so many musical genres that we all enjoy.
“Proceeds from this auction will help local musicians who have suffered financially from this pandemic.”